Category Archives: AUTOS

Autos covers everything that rolls, sails, flies and anything in between.

Artega Sports Electric goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.3 sec

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(image credit: Artega Automobil GmbH) Artega Sports Electric | €150,000.00 | www.artega.de
all electric sports car segment is a fast growing market and the latest to join this segment is the Artega SE (Sports Electric) from the young German automobile maker Artega Automobil GmbH. based on its petrol version Artega GT, the SE (Sports Electric) is powered by two electric motors on the rear axle with a total output of 280 kW (380 horsepower). these two engines run independently of each other, driving the rear wheels. Continue reading Artega Sports Electric goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.3 sec

Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition

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Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition | €3,550.00 | www.it.vespa.com

65 years and 3 million sold worldwide are numbers that show the cult popularity of the Vespa scooter. in celebration of the 150 years of the unification of Italy, Piaggio Italy has launched a special edition of the Vespa PX 150 scooter – the Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition. sporting a white paint job, this pop culture vehicle is accented with stripes in Italy’s national color and the official logo of the 150th anniversary. each special edition scooter carries a nameplate “certifying the membership of each copy” of this commemorative series. which simply means “certificate of authenticity”, differentiating the true-blue anniversary unit from those wannabes, if any. Continue reading Piaggio Vespa PX 150 Unification of Italy Anniversary Edition

Porsche starts pre-order for the 918 Spyder Hybrid

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Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid | US$845,000.00 | www.porsche.com

if you are a tree-hugger with huge pockets, you will glad to know that Porsche is taking pre-orders for the 918 Spyder Hybrid. the supercar was first showcased back in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was originally destined to remain just as a concept, until Porsche received overwhelming response for this beauty. Continue reading Porsche starts pre-order for the 918 Spyder Hybrid

must watch: homemade Jetpack with skis [video]

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(credit: screenshot from Troy Hartman’s video)

what happens when you put a homemade jetpack on your back and slipped on a pair of skis? an exhilarating 47 mph ski down the snowmobile trail! at least that’s what Troy Hartman did. in fact, Hartman’s jetpack was originally meant to be used to fly out of an airplane at 8,000 feet. something which i would never imagine doing. however, before becoming a rocketeer, Hartman decided to use the jetpack on skis first and the result was what you see in the video after the break. still, Hartman’s ultimate goal is making the jump with his jetpack and we wish him all the best. Continue reading must watch: homemade Jetpack with skis

Smart electric given a glittering disco ball treatment

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(image credit: Smart)

Smart car isn’t the most sought after car in the automotive market but that hasn’t stop it from being put in the spotlight every now and then. this time round, the two-seater Smart electric vehicle is given a glittering ‘disco ball’ look and you will find this one-off unit in Berlin, Germany. you know how a disco ball looks like and that’s how the Smart Discoball (yes, that’s what it is called) looks like – completely covered in reflective glass tiles from the roof down to the hub caps. even the windows are of mirror finish to complete this ultimate discoball on wheels. Continue reading Smart electric given a glittering disco ball treatment

Lotus Exos T 125: a Formula One car that you actually own

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(image credit: Lotus Cars) Lotus Exos T 125 Formula One Car | US$1.1 million | www.lotuscars.com

going on hours of daily cardio while having a severe jet-lag and having to answer dumb questions from the press are part and parcel of a Formula One race car driver. the worst part is, if you crash the car, all eyes will be upon you including those people who fund your adrenalin-driven career. however, there is a better option: the ultimate track-day car inspired by a Formula One race car called the Exos Type 125 from Lotus. heck. it is an old news, isn’t it? well, not if you considered the promised date of of availability is just next month. Continue reading Lotus Exos T 125: a Formula One car that you actually own

the Saline Airstream bike is powered by air compression

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(image credit: Les Triplettes de Bonneville)

this low-slung skeletal-looking Saline Airstream was designed by students of ISD (Institu Superieur de Design, France) for Les Triplettes de Bonneville [Fr]. beyond its sleek look, this bike is completely powered by compressed air, instead of internal combustion engine or current market favorite, electric motor. the Saline Airstream’s frame is of aluminum/magnesium alloy and a MDI air compression powers the motorbike with a trio of gas cylinders. *gurp* sounds kind of scary to be leaning directly above those gas cylinders, isn’t it? well, fortunately, this isn’t your everyday bike but it was destined for the Speedweek of Bonneville 2011 and guess what? it doesn’t have hub-less wheels! we thank the designers for that. check out more images of the Saline Airstream below. Continue reading the Saline Airstream bike is powered by air compression

Voltitude bike is electric and it is foldable and stowable

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(image credit: Voltitude) Voltitude Ultra Folding Urban Electric Bike | US$tbc | www.voltitude.com

we are fans of electric-powered bicycles and we also love the idea of foldable bikes. Voltitude is the bike that combines both our loves: a foldable electric-powered assist bike. the company behind this cute little transporter is the Swiss company, Voltitude. inspired by a city scooter, the Voltitude bike has low center of gravity and small, wide wheels suited for urban riding. unlike the perceived notion of an electric bike, the Voltitude is an electric-power assist bicycle which means it does not have an accelerator. rider pedals the bike as per a normal bicycle and a built-in 250W electric motor amplifies the pedal input which is capable of reaching 25 km/h. it could afford a faster speed, if you pedal harder. Continue reading Voltitude bike is electric and it is foldable and stowable

Cinco ORTRE beckons you to take a trip on bicycle

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(image credit: Cinco) Cinco ORTRE | US$tbc | www.ortre.com

we are featuring this bike because of two things: first, it is a bike that you can actually use, and second, it is going to hit the stores soon. lugging your stuff around while cycling around isn’t fun. most likely you will need a messenger bag to do it comfortably or at least a backpack but the Cinco ORTRE bike designed by Alex Liauw can take the load off your back with its integrated load carrier located just above the rear wheel. Continue reading Cinco ORTRE beckons you to take a trip on bicycle

modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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(image credit: Hawker Beechcraft)

sometimes, for the sake of efficiency we have to take a step back in terms of technology. not everything that’s sleek, mean and shiny can be as efficient. this is exactly what the U.S. Air Force has realized with the operations in Afghanistan. USAF uses the A10 to provide battlefield surveillance and close air support to friendly troops which means expending valuable flying hours in an airspace that’s predominantly uncontested. so the idea is to use an aircraft that has the same capability but with a lower cost of operation. the answer is a modern day turboprop trainer aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to a World War II fighter aircraft. Continue reading modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft